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collie Syllabification: col·lie
Pronunciation: /ˈkälē/

Definition of collie in English:

noun (plural collies)

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A sheepdog of a breed originating in Scotland, having a long, pointed nose and thick, long hair.
Example sentences
  • By 1944, the Army accepted only five breeds: German shepherds, Belgian sheepdogs, Doberman pinschers, farm collies, and giant schnauzers.
  • He has his two sheepdogs - collies Joe and Jeff - hot on his heels.
  • They have six dogs in training - all pure breed collies trained for competition.

Origin

Mid 17th century: perhaps from coal (the breed originally being black).

Words that rhyme with collie

Barbirolli, brolly, dolly, folly, golly, holly, jolly, lolly, Mollie, molly, nollie, Ollie, polly, poly, trolley, volley, wally

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